(All the delay was on my part because I was travelling over the weekend so didn't submit the pull request until now).
Just need to figure out when it becomes publicly available and then maybe I can post over on fu :)
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Autism isn't something a person has, or a "shell" that a person is trapped inside. There's no normal child hidden behind the autism. Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and encounter, every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person--and if it were possible, the person you'd have left would not be the same person you started with.
This is important, so take a moment to consider it: Autism is a way of being. It is not possible to separate the person from the autism.
Therefore, when parents say,
I wish my child did not have autism,
I wish the autistic child I have did not exist, and I had a different (non-autistic) child instead.
Read that again.
This is what we hear when you mourn over our existence.
This is what we hear when you pray for a cure.
This is what we know, when you tell us of your fondest hopes and dreams for us: that your greatest wish is that one day we will cease to be, and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces.
"I celebrate my Autistic, Disabled life.
It seems illogical, but it is not...
It is about assumptions, based on what is considered “normal”, how we are supposed to feel about things considered “difficult to live with”.... I do not celebrate that majority or their assumptions....
I celebrate MYSELF, my LIFE, and everything about me. I do celebrate being non-speaking because I believe I am a better me when I am really LISTENING and LEARNING. I celebrate being non-speaking because it is the only me I know, and because I can still “say” what I want to say, and fight for my rights, without oral speech...."